Craft Beer Awards 2015: Hybrid

May 30, 2015

Here are easy-drinking, approachable ales with a lightly hoppy presentation and enough gentle malt flavours to satisfy repeat samplings. Think blond kolsches, cream ales, and dry-hopped wheat ales. Minimal bitterness and a range of malts – from honey and caramel to a touch of toast – suggest clean-flavoured companions like spring rolls and grilled chicken.

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GOLD:

Parallel 49’s Jerkface 9000

(Vancouver)

A hazy, musky American wheat ale goosed with lemon/stone fruit and strong hops

SILVER:

Bridge Brewing’s Wunderbar Kolsch

(North Vancouver)

Lightly hoppy kolsch pours a hazy gold and carries light hops, finishing with a nice lemony tang

BRONZE:

Mission Springs Brewing’s Bombshell Blonde Ale

(Mission)

A simple thirst-quencher of a ko7 that’s crisp and sessionable, veering toward corn lager

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